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UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism Syllabus: Paper II, Paper III (Part A & B)

  1. Unit - I
  2. Unit - II
  3. Unit - III
  4. Unit - IV
  5. Unit - V
  6. Unit - VI
  7. Unit - VII
  8. Unit - VIII
  9. Unit - IX
  10. Unit - X

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism Paper II, Paper III (Part A & B): Detailed Syllabus

Given below is the list of (Elective / Optional) unit wise syllabus for Paper II, paper III (Part A & B).

Unit - I

  • Communication and Journalism - Basic terms, Concepts and definition, Nature and Process.
  • Types of Communication.
  • Mass Communication - Nature of Media and Content.
  • Mass Communication in India - Reach, access and Nature of Audience.

Unit - II

  • Role of Media in Society.
  • Characteristics of Indian Society - Demographic and Sociological impact of media in general.
  • Impact of media on specific audiences - Women, children, etc.
  • Mass media effects studies and their limitations.
  • Mass campaigns for specific issues - Social concerns, environment, human rights, gender equality.
  • The press, radio, television, cinema and traditional form of communication.

Unit - III

  • Journalism as a Profession.
  • Journalists - Their role and responsibilities.
  • Indian Constitution and freedom of press.
  • Research Restrictions.
  • Ethics and Journalism.
  • Careers in Journalism and Mass Media.
  • Training - Problems, perception and response by the industry Media management - Principles and practices.
  • Professional organisations in Media
  • Media Laws in India.

Unit - IV

  • History of Print and Broadcast media in general with particular reference to India.
  • Post - independent developments in print.
  • Newspapers - English and Indian language press - major landmarks.
  • Magazines - Their role, bookphase and contemporary situation.
  • Small newspapers - Problems and prospects.
  • Press Commission, Press Councils - Their recommendations and status.
  • Development of Radio after independence - Extension role, radio rural forums and local broadcasting - General and specific audience programs.
  • Development of Television - Perception, initial development and experimental approach; SITE phase and evaluation; Expansion of television - Post - Asiad phase, issues concerns and debates over a period of time.
  • Committees in broadcasting - Background, recommendations and implementation.
  • Cinema - Historical overview and contemporary analysis - Commercial, parallel and documentary genres - Problems and prospects for the film industry.

Unit - V

  • Communication and theories of social change.
  • Role of media in social change - Dominant paradigms.
  • Critique of the Dominant paradigm and alternative conception.
  • Development initiatives - State, market and the third force (NGO sector).
  • Participatory approaches and community media - Ownership and management perspectives.

Unit - VI

  • Introduction of research methods and process
  • Mass communication research - Historical overview
  • Administrative and critical traditions
  • Effects research - Strengths and Limitations.
  • Communication research in India - Landmark studies related to SITE.
  • Content analysis - Quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Market research and its relationship to Communication particularly advertising.
  • Sampling techniques - Strengths and Limitations.
  • Statistical methods of analysis basics.

Unit - VII

  • Colonial Structures of Communication.
  • Decolonisation and aspirations of nations.
  • Conflicts related to media coverage and representation.
  • International news agencies - Critique.
  • MacBride Commission - Recommendations and policy options.
  • Contemporary issues related to transnational broadcasting and its impact on culture, various perspectives and cultural impact.
  • Convergence of media - Problems and options.
  • Media Policies in an International Context.
  • India’s position and approach to international communication issues.

Unit - VIII

  • Radio & TV and Video as Media of Communication.
  • Grammar of TV & Radio and Video.
  • The Production Team.
  • Role of Producer.
  • Different Types of Programs :
    • Writing for Radio
    • Writing for TV - Researching for Scripts
    • The Visual Language
    • Camera Movements
  • Basic Theories of Composition - Cues and Commands.
  • Formats for Radio - Television - News, Sitcoms, Features, Commercials, Operas, Documentaries, Cinema, Theatre, Drama.
  • Editing Theory and Practice.
  • Sound Design, Microphones, Sets and Lighting.
  • Satellite, Cable television, Computers, Microchips.

Unit - IX

  • Advertising.
  • Marketing.
  • Ad copy and Layout.
  • Public Relations.
  • Public Opinion.
  • Propaganda.

Unit - X

  • The Techniques.
  • Different forms of writing.
  • Printing Technology and Production methods.
  • News agencies.
  • Syndicates and Freelancing.
  • Specialised areas of Journalism.

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism: Exam Pattern (FAQs)

Is it mandatory to qualify UGC General Paper-1?
Yes, it is necessary for all UGC (Mass Communication and Journalism) candidates to pass UGC General Paper-1: Teaching & Research Aptitude (TRA) exam
How many question papers are there in the UGC NET (Mass Communication and Journalism) exam?
Two: Paper II and Paper III
How many questions will be their in NET Mass Communication and Journalism (Paper II)?
Their will be a total of 50 questions in UGC Mass Communication and Journalism Paper II
What type of questions are asked in UGC Mass Communication and Journalism exam?
Paper-II contains questions of objective nature: MCQs; Matching type; Assertion-Reasoning; True / False. Paper-III (Part A): Essay type questions. Paper III (Part B): Essay type questions from each of the electives

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism - Paper II: Sample Questions

The first Chairman of Prasar Bharati was

  1. Nikhil Chakraborty
  2. Hiranmay karlekar
  3. SS Gill
  4. None of the above

The daily newspaper 'Le Monde' is published from

  1. Bonn
  2. Paris
  3. London
  4. Heidelberg

Which of the following is mismatch?

  1. Hindustan Times - New Delhi
  2. Hindu - Chennai
  3. Anandabazar Patrika - Patna
  4. The Times of India - Mumbai

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism - Paper III (Part A): Sample Questions

  1. Can press council of India monitor the role of newspaper during election?
  2. Discuss the role of mass media and national development with special reference to India.
  3. Discuss the new media techniques in relation to media management.
  4. Enumerate the various techniques and tools of PR in India.

UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism - Paper III (Part B): Sample Questions

  1. What is mass communication? how can Mass Communication be effective? using the reference of The Indian election 1998, discuss the latest techniques which we are used in analysing and popularizing the election process.
  2. Which shot among the basic shots, is most frequently used in television, especially in TV news and current affairs? Discuss.

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